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I'm Batman

Punchy punchy.

Shortpacked!: Alley-oop!

(Shortpacked! Book 2 is still on sale!)

So I found myself north of Columbus while Maggie was doing her tutoring, and thought I'd try the Walmart in Delaware, the city north of ours.  Man, I totally found the black Batman from that Wave 10 DCUC stuff I was talking about yesterday!  ...hooray!?

See, the good news is that now it's like this wave actually exists!  ...the bad news is that this wave actually exists.  And it's eluding me.  Grrrr.

As I also said yesterday, Clayface came with a Batman!  A poo-splattered Batman.  He's an older sculpt than my lantern-jawed punchy Batman.  The old one's ribcage is a bit narrower as well as his biceps.  He's about half-an-inch smaller, too.  

And his head is tiny.

PUNCH HIS TINY HEAD, NEWER BATMAN.  PUNCH IT.

punch it

Revenge of the Fallen comes out on Blue-Ray and DVD tonight.  I have a coupon!
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TOTALLY normal.

Shortpacked!: Normal

It's Merch Day!

As time marches ever-nearer, I am obligated to remind you folks that preorders for the Amber statue will cease this coming Sunday, October 11. After that day, the statues will go into production, they'll be shipped to their owners, and no more will be made! You've got a few days to think about it, if you're on the fence.

It was also past due for me to update my series of Shortpacked! cast portraits. There've been a few changes at the store since the last one I drew, I wanted something more current, style-wise, and finally I kinda needed a higher-res version anyhow. (I want a new portable table banner for when I exhibit, 'cuz my current one has jaggies. DO NOT WANT.) I blew the afternoon redrawing it. Fitting Ultra Car in is always a compositional nightmare, but you gotta draw the cast you have, not the cast youRumsfeldRumsfeldRumsfeldRumsfeld.

And because why not, I'm throwing it "The Cast 3" as a new Limited Print. I should do those more frequently anyhow.

Here's how we do: I'm limiting this print to just 15 copies, at $20 each. That price includes shipping to anywhere in the world that the USPS will let me ship to. You'll get a full-color 8.5"x11" copy of the "The Cast 3" print on glossy cardstock paper, it'll be signed and numbered, and you can frame it or burn it or draw mustaches on it or whatever you please. Email me at wiigii@hotmail.com if you want to get this process started. Lemme know your shipping address, etc. I accept Paypal or any kind of money order or check so long as it's in United States dollars. Then the print comes to you in a cardboard sleeve easy as you please!

If another of the previous Limited Prints also catches your eye, you can get two for $30! Just lemme know in the email.

Oh, and Shortpacked! Book 2 is still on sale for just $10.  If you want to combine shipping with a print, you can combine your order at the store!  (If you buy more than one print, I'll have to refund you the bulk-purchase difference afterwards, because my store is clunky like that.) 
Megatron

It's apparently Trek week.

Shortpacked!: Choose one spelling of "John Connor" and stick with it!

So after yesterday's auction bonanza, I'm going to be coming off as a real shill!  Why?  Because it's time for yet another sale on Joyce & Walky! subscriptions.  From now (Wednesday night) until midnight tomorrow (Thursday night), you can get the first year of member-only J&W! for a donation of just $10!  That's a savings of $14.  I know some of you have missed out on these deals, because I always get your email the following week. :)  Click the button for donatification!

Offer expired!

My aim is to put a dent in the cost of buying a new laptop.  Our previous one has been dead for a while, but I'm going to need one before the end of the month if I'm to update Shortpacked! from BotCon.  (And from San Diego Comic-Con and from Connecticon and from Wizard World Chicago...)  So a purchase of a year of J&W! goes towards keeping this site happy during my long summer absences! 

Last week I bought my first 3-3/4"-scale Marvel figure.  Black Spider-Man!  He's basically why the scale exists, for me.  I've had designs.  Nerdy Transformers-related designs.

Like recreating the cover to The Transformers #3.  

As luck would have it, it's also a good part of the reason I got Masterpiece Megatron!  Funny how that works.  Unfortunately, the stories about his feet rusting like a very-easily rustable thing were true.  I got him out of storage and hoo boy were they all terrible-looking.  So I had to go and get some Turtle wax or whatever and scrub it off.  He's got metal parts inside his torso, too, but I mostly wanted to get him presentable for the photograph, so I'll polish those parts later.  

You know what's not fun?  Twisting about 30 twist-ties together, cobbled from my recent toy purchases.  Man, how do those underpaid Asian factory workers do it?  My fingers are all sore. 

Anyway, that's my tribute to Megatron's (first) battle with Spider-Man.  It makes me a happy nerd.
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Screw this stuff! I get a Hot Shot tomorrow!

Shortpacked!@TNI: You probably won't see this movie.
Shortpacked!: This one, you've probably already seen.

I'm gonna do one last push on the Roomies! Book 1 preorders. We'll see what we can accomplish this week. If we don't hit 200 preorders, I'm going to just have to shelve the book and issue refunds. I hate to do it, but that's why we have preorders in the first place, so I can afford to produce these books for you to have. I can't leave my manufacturer hanging for much longer.

We'll see how we're doing a week from now, on Monday. That'll be the cut-off point. Please, if you've been on the fence, now's the time to decide! I only need 65 30 25 of you. Thanks, everyone!

I don't have the shelfspace or the budget to get many of the "Combat Heroes" line of G.I. Joe, but I do pretty much have to get a Destro. (I am also considering Serpentor.)

Destro comes with Scarlett. She's okay. If I'm forced to get somebody with Destro, she's not a bad choice. Destro himself is pretty neat. He seems big for a "Heroes"-style figure, but lining him next to my Transformer "Robot Heroes," he's not all that much bigger. I think it's mostly the head. His head is pretty huge!

That's okay. Destro's head is the best thing about him. You want to exaggerate the most important feature of a character! For example, if they did Combat Heroes versions of the Original 13 Joes, one would have a giant mustache, one would have a giant yellow beard, one would have a giant communications headset, one would have a giant... nondescript-middle-of-the-road appearance, one would have a giant pair of breasts, one would have a giant mustache-but-on-a-black-guy, one would have a giant set of ninja skills, one would have a giant crew cut... And so on and so forth.

He's got a good range of articulation for a Heroes figure. This means that on top of shoulders and neck articulation, he's also got a waist. Hasbro said future Robot Heroes waves would have additional articulation. I wonder if this is what they mean, or if they'll have more.

My new Universe Hot Shot is scheduled to arrive by UPS tomorrow. I am absolutely vibrating with anticipation.
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Can't wait to spend my $300, apparently.

Shortpacked!: Meanwhile, somewhere else Aaron Archer is getting asked about the national debt.

The BotCon folks said they'd put up 2009 registration forms between Tuesday and Friday. If I know my Fun Publications, that means late Friday, maybe Saturday. Having said this, though, the forms'll go up on Tuesday, catching me completely unprepared.

Remember, Roomies! or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Beer is still up for preorder!

Back in 1997, I was a baby newborn cartoonist with stars in his eyes and a story to tell. Starring that morally-uptight do-gooder Danny, his jerky horndog roommate and best friend Joe, and Danny's irrepressible-yet-repressed stalker Joyce, Roomies! is the simple tale of the first years of college. Everyone remembers their freshman year, with the classes, the socializing, the alien abductions... Roomies! is all this and more!

If you're familiar with my first two Shortpacked! volumes, Roomies! or: HILtSWaLtB (phew) is identical in paper quality, structure, and pagecount, with 136 pages printed on glorious glossy paperstock. Now, none of the strips in this volume were originally published in color, so one difference is this book's contents are entirely in black and white (and grayscale where applicable).

The entire first-and-a-half year of Roomies! are printed in this volume, including lost stories from the ill-fated Roomies! comic book printed by Keenspot. Some of these I've published on Joyce and Walky!'s website over the years, but a few have never been seen online, ever! See Danny and Joe wade through their Freshman Orientation visit! See Joyce try to win Danny's heart by dressing up and acting like his ex-girlfriend Sal! See Joyce and Sal's explosive first-ever meeting!

And never printed before in a book collection is the entire archive of Roomies! Redux!, a heaping portion of brand-new Roomies! strips created in 2004. And if that's not enough, Roomies! Redux is followed by an even newer two-page Roomies! microstory created just for this volume! And on top of that, there are a few rejected Roomies! strips that didn't make the cut, plus commentary on select strips and storylines!

That's a lot of stuff.

And you have a choice! You can order the plain ol' $14.95 version, but why, when there's the $24.95 "Roomies! Extra!" version? "Roomies! Extra!," limited to 200, is numbered, signed, and doodled in. That means years from now, when I'm dead, you could sell it on eBay for lots of money. Put your grandchildren through college!*

*Disclaimer: In the case that Soggies may rule, and all centers of learning are eradicated, grandchildren may not be put through college.
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Hrm.

Shortpacked!@TNI: Ernie Hudson never gets a break.
Shortpacked!: Whoopeeee!

Yeah, that's right. Mattel's doing Ghostbusters as some sort of commemorative line. IIRC, they'll be sold online through their store, and not through normal retail. There better be a Rick Moranis!

Preorder Roomies! or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Beer today! Roomies!: Book One is a whole 136 pages printed on glorious glossy paperstock. The entire first-year-and-a-half of Roomies! is printed in this volume, including lost stories from the ill-fated Roomies! comic book printed by Keenspot. Some of these I've published on Joyce and Walky!'s website over the years, but a few have never been seen online, ever! See Danny and Joe (and Joyce!) wade through their Freshman Orientation! See Joyce try to win Danny's heart by dressing up and acting like his ex-girlfriend Sal! See Joyce and Sal's explosive first-ever meeting!

On the right is a new preview image, featuring a page from the Freshman Orientation story, originally published exclusively in the first Roomies! comic book.

And never printed before in a book collection is the entire archive of Roomies! Redux!, a heaping portion of brand-new Roomies! strips created in 2004. And if that's not enough, Roomies! Redux is followed by an even newer two-page Roomies! microstory created just for this volume! And on top of that, there are a few rejected Roomies! strips that didn't make the cut, plus commentary on select strips and storylines!

You can order the plain ol' $14.95 version, but why, when there's the $24.95 "Roomies! Extra!" version? "Roomies! Extra!," limited to 200, is numbered, signed, and doodled in. You'll be able to open up your book with pride and see it vandalized by the rascal cartoonist himself. Amaze your friends!

This past Wednesday I picked up the Rorschach figure from DC Direct's Watchmen assortment, based on this spring's major motion picture. This first wave was released last week, actually, but The Laughing Ogre was out of him then. I don't have any attachment to the movie's costumes yet, so I decided I'd try out Rorschach, since he's the least visually changed.

He's a lot less mobile than the other DC Direct figures I've owned. This is because of Rorschach's coat, it seems. He has no real hips. Instead, his legs kinda stick out of this blocky mass underneath there. They do rotate in circles, but eh. The legs are stuck in a taking-a-step pose, and that's what you'll get and you'll like it. His head is also permanently cocked to one side. He does have shoulders, elbows, and wrists, though! Like Robin, I had irreverent fun with that articulation for a while. He has the articulation, but it's not like it's very useful, at least in a "WATCHMEN IS SERIOUS BUSINESS" sort of way. The sculpt really favors the arms-down-at-the-side positioning. He looks strange otherwise.

He also comes with an extra hand, a blaster grappling gun that the hand can hold, and the stand you see in the photograph. There's a little clip that will attach his stand to the stands of other figures in the line. We'll see.

Did you know Maggie worked on the Watchmen Motion Comic? She did! If you have iTunes, you should really check it out. It's some amazing-looking stuff. They put a lot of money and time and skill into it.
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This is what I get for playing with my toys.

Shortpacked!: If he becomes President, we're all doomed!

So just a few minutes ago my original Dinobot broke. The hinge where the tail-attachment disc piece connects to the torso snapped like chalk while I was transforming it. First Fuzor Silverbolt, then Transmetals Megatron, and now this. .... I think the warranty on all my old Beast Wars figures is up.

You... you never imagine you might outlive your children.

The preorder period for Roomies! Book 1 continues! The thermometer chart on the right represents how many orders we've gotten so far. When that sea of blood reaches the top, we'll have enough preorders to pay for the print run!

We got about 99% of those orders the first day, but the second day the preorders trickled down to about nothing. That, of course, is emblematic of the usual bell curve of preorder...ness. (Preorderosity?) There's a rush at the beginning, and then a slow crawl to the end. But this is a statistical trend that we can fight! Tell your family, your friends, even your enemies to preorder Roomies! Book 1! The sooner we reach that 200 preorder mark, the sooner the books can be in our hands. Peace out!

The image to the left is a portion of the completely new two-page microstory that I drew just for this new Roomies! volume. I gotta tell you, I love my new brush pen. I've upgraded to a larger, Copic marker that I want to make love to. I'm learning to use it better and better each day, too, so soon I will have pretty, pretty art that I can stand to look at. I mean, uh, my art is fine. And it was fine eleven years ago! (Preorder Roomies! Book 1.)

(I promise, this time the graph won't turn out to be a male part.)
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I brought back Roomies! (book 1)

Shortpacked!@TNI: Hold me closer, tiny Destro.
Shortpacked!: It's hard out there for a nerd.
Anders Loves Maria: A totally Not Safe For Work guest strip from me.

Today is the day! No, not the Superbowl. Not the Revenge of the Fallen or GIJOE movie teaser trailers. No, today Roomies! or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Beer goes up for preorder!

Back in 1997, I was a baby newborn cartoonist with stars in his eyes and a story to tell. Starring that morally-uptight do-gooder Danny, his jerky horndog roommate and best friend Joe, and Danny's irrepressible-yet-repressed stalker Joyce, Roomies! is the simple tale of the first years of college. Everyone remembers their freshman year, with the classes, the socializing, the alien abductions... Roomies! is all this and more!

If you're familiar with my first two Shortpacked! volumes, Roomies! or: HILtSWaLtB (phew) is identical in paper quality, structure, and pagecount, with 136 pages printed on glorious glossy paperstock. Now, none of the strips in this volume were originally published in color, so one difference is this book's contents are entirely in black and white (and grayscale where applicable).

The entire first-and-a-half year of Roomies! are printed in this volume, including lost stories from the ill-fated Roomies! comic book printed by Keenspot. Some of these I've published on Joyce and Walky!'s website over the years, but a few have never been seen online, ever! See Danny and Joe wade through their Freshman Orientation visit! See Joyce try to win Danny's heart by dressing up and acting like his ex-girlfriend Sal! See Joyce and Sal's explosive first-ever meeting!

And never printed before in a book collection is the entire archive of Roomies! Redux!, a heaping portion of brand-new Roomies! strips created in 2004. And if that's not enough, Roomies! Redux is followed by an even newer two-page Roomies! microstory created just for this volume! And on top of that, there are a few rejected Roomies! strips that didn't make the cut, plus commentary on select strips and storylines!

That's a lot of stuff.

And you have a choice! You can order the plain ol' $14.95 version, but why, when there's the $24.95 "Roomies! Extra!" version? "Roomies! Extra!," limited to 200, is numbered, signed, and doodled in. That means years from now, when I'm dead, you could sell it on eBay for lots of money. Put your grandchildren through college!*

*Disclaimer: In the case that Soggies may rule, and all centers of learning are eradicated, grandchildren may not be put through college.
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Transformers Wiki makes the big time!

Joyce and Walky!: I'm fine, really.

Ah, now begins the shameless begging for money.

I have put one of my most valuable possessions up for auction. That's right! It's one of the Batman Can Breathe In Space strips. The first one's been sold long, long ago, but this one's yet to leave my hands!

Tell you what. If by some miracle I actually get the Buy It Now price, I will also include a sketch of a subject of your choosing. (Okay, I reserve the right to decline to draw, say, skullfucking. Not to say I won't draw skullfucking. It's just an example.)

So, hey, something I had a hand in finally made it into the big world of super-huge mass media! Okay, so it's not my webcomic, but the Guardian published an article today about the Transformers Wiki's "battle" against Wikia. Holy moly! That's right, we're tired and shocked and bewildered by their new ads that obscure and move around and basically ruin our content, and so we're in the middle of a planned move to our own server. It's funny that we've caused this much of a stir. Oh, Wikia. Oh, dear, sweet Wikia.

Ah, a bright moment in what is otherwise the Fuckin' Week From Hell. Though if I had to pick, I'd rather have my $1500, my books on time, and no catastrophic computer failures or a tetanus shot.